Steve’s new layout

“Over a year ago you posted some pictures of my layout on her and called it a sofa layout.

Here is the descendant of it now almost completed after suffering a stroke. I have built a completely new main board and incorporated the former branch line on the end of it.

I hope you like it.


And here’s a track plan of the main oval:

model train track plan

A cracking layout. And who could forgot Steve’s first post? I loved it (it’s here).

That’s it for today peeps.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you jump in and start laying track, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

31 Responses to Steve’s new layout

  1. Well done Steve and all the best with your recovery from the stroke

  2. Gordon in Nova Scotia says:

    Wow! Incredible detail. I particularly like the interior detail shots. Well done.

  3. sundaram says:

    I agree. Amazing with such detailing of the signal cabin and the inside of the house. The night scene is great.

    Good layout using available space.


  4. Bob Miller says:

    Love the layout,love the detail,absolutely love the lighting effects …. great job.

    Nice to see your stroke hasn’t slowed you down.

  5. Fabian says:

    This is what I call ingenuity – Beautiful layout. You gave me some ideas.

  6. Duncan Galbraith says:

    Gobsmacked! The lighting effects are the best I’ve seen! Wonderful, D/

  7. I am very impressed with the detail and craftsmanship I saw in the layout. This inspires me to slow down and go for the detail. Fine work!!

  8. Ralph Berry says:

    Wow! You must have really worked’ mine isn’t half as finished as that and I have been building it for three years.

  9. Rick says says:

    Great layout and your attention to details is what I hope to achieve. The night-time shot was truly amazing. Keep it up!

  10. Cary Price says:

    Great layout Steve, love the interior details, especially the switch house. I love seeing those types of details and appreciate the time and creativity someone devotes to it. Great job, just goes to show you never know what you’ll see when opening one of Al’s emails. Cary in KY

  11. Kevin McArdle says:

    Wonderful layout and masterfully done, and I particularly like the ‘boneyard’. Wishing you a speedy recovery and many years of Model railroading.

  12. Rob Shuman says:

    Wonderful work and expansion! Truly inspirational. Take good care of yourself!!

  13. Kenneth Seegert says:

    Great job! Looks like the Lord was watching after you after your stroke. Keep up the good work.

  14. Robert Brady says:

    Well done and thanks for clickable pics,Love it!

  15. Stephen D Gispanski says:

    Great job Steve, I see that you have included some people at the train station. Also I see the traffic has increased in the small town, business is doing good. I like the close ups of some of the buildings and your night seen. Great job.
    Keep on trucking and keep them on the rails.
    SDG St.Petersburg Fl USA

  16. Stephen D Gispanski says:

    One more idea Steve, all along the edge of the train table install an wood piece of wood trim that sticks up 1/4 above the table itself. But if you do stain it before install. That is what I do in case of little fingers that like to hold on to the side of the. Train table. Great job again and good luck.
    Keep on trucking and keep them on the rails.
    SDG St.Petersburg Fl USA

  17. Edward Williams (St. Louis MO. USA) says:

    Would it be possible to see a diagram of the track layout? Looks like you got a lot of interesting stuff in a small space. Also, what is the scale of your layout and the square feet required?

  18. Gary Manganiello says:

    Very Nice.… good job…. I am curious….how long did it take you to get to this point

  19. Great job!! I am not critizng, just commenting. I’m glad to see someone else that doesn’t have a clean floor under the layout. The floor under my layout really is a mess.
    Lester, in Georgia USA

  20. Bill in Virginia says:

    An absolutely beautiful layout! Great detailing. You can teach most of us a thing or two 😀 model railroading is such a great hobby

  21. Marguerite Belhadjali says:

    absolutely grandson is open mouthed andn keeps peeking inside the trains..he’s sure that there is something magical inside.. thank you for giving us all this wonderful surprise..

  22. John Birch says:

    Well done Steve!
    Escellent detail.

  23. NJ Mark says:

    Great job especially with the lighting. Stay well. Cheers! NJ Mark

  24. Léo Noury says:

    Great job on every thing.

    The swicth house remind me of my youth during 2nd world war around 11/12 years old.
    That was at the asbestos open pit mine, in Asbestos, Quebec, Canada.
    Some time, We would go there to hand my father hand lunch when he would forget it.
    It was called BOX 12, next to my grand-father farm.
    No, I did not died from asbestos.
    Léo, Canada

  25. All I can say is, “WOW!” Great job Steve!

  26. markus muetschard says:

    Great detail… love to peek thru the windows into the buildings. Nice and compact – though no overloaded – setup.

  27. Malcolm Hodgson says:

    great job Steve!

    North Wales

  28. Mark Kuzma says:

    I have never commented on this forum before, but I have to say that your layout looks excellent. I honestly wish that I had as much creativity as you have displayed here as I have been trying for so many years to build my layout to no avail.

  29. Ron Swolley says:

    Fantastic. I agree with the comment about the interior detail taken through building windows. The lighting is also very impressive.

    I’ll add our prayers for a total recovery from the stroke.

  30. Great job. Using the couch is a novel idea. Love the “interior” pics.

  31. eleazar mauricio says:

    Can you sell the whole layout to me. plus the background.

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